Multiple motor racing champion Seb Morris will continue to compete on UK soil in 2013 after today, Thursday, 28th March, confirming a switch to the brand new BRDC Formula 4 Championship – a late change from his original plans to race in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup this year.
Balancing a number of factors in recent weeks, not least a heavily compromised pre-season testing schedule, the 17-year-old from Marford, in close consultation with his management team, has taken the decision to move into F4.
While remaining very much part of the Fortec Motorsports ‘family’, with whom he was due to race in Formula Renault 2.0 NEC, the British Racing Drivers’ Club Rising Star will now be reunited with the Hillspeed squad – which took him to two Ginetta Junior crowns – for his Formula 4 title challenge.
Outlining the situation, Seb’s manager Andy Meyrick commented: “With Seb’s A-Level and MSA Academy course commitments, together with a delay in the receipt of confirmed overseas sponsorship, it became apparent our preparations for the 2013 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC campaign were compromised and not to the level we would deem appropriate to challenge for the title.
“We will now mount a challenge for the F4 Championship instead, which we consider to be a very meaningful and competitive BRDC backed category, with the Hillspeed team.”
Seb is relishing the prospect of reuniting with the Richard Ollerenshaw-led Hillspeed squad which helped him become the youngest ever winner of the Ginetta Junior Winter Series in 2010 – aged just 14 – before going on to claim the main 2011 Ginetta Junior Championship title.
He will also continue his association with driver coach Matt Shawyer who has been a key part of the Ginetta Ambassador’s car racing career since day one. Added to the aforementioned Ginetta Junior titles, the pair will be aiming for a fourth successive championship victory together having also won the 2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Winter Series crown with Fortec.
“I really am looking forward to competing in BRDC Formula 4 this year and delivering as many wins as I can for Ginetta, who I will be proudly representing, and the guys at Hillspeed”, Seb commented, “With TV coverage on ITV4 and Motors TV and backing from the BRDC, Jonathan Palmer [Chief Executive of MotorSport Vision] has created a very exciting championship package.
“I want to thank Richard Dutton [Fortec owner], and his team, for all they have done for me and to also confirm I am looking forward to embarking on a concerted test programme with Fortec to fully prepare for a European campaign of some sort in 2014. This may also entail some European races later this year dependent on my, and the team’s, commitments.”
The Cosworth-powered MSV F4-013 chassis which Seb will pilot this year will be resplendent in the famous orange colour scheme of Ginetta Cars. His first test outing is scheduled to take place in the next few weeks.
Rounds one, two and three of the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 Championship will take place on 27th/28th April at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit in Northamptonshire. The 24-race season will conclude over the weekend 28th/29th September at Donington Park GP Circuit in Leicestershire.